NBA gambling fans have seen both the Cleveland Cavaliers and New York Knicks stumble out of the gate with the NBA odds while both have had extreme over/under results. Cleveland had a NBA gambling mark of 3-2 straight up and 2-3 with the NBA odds.
The Cavs went under the NBA gambling total in 4 out of their first 5 games. Cleveland’s offense has struggled early as it ranked 21st in NBA gambling for points scored while the defense ranked a solid 6th for points allowed.
The much hyped arrival of veteran center Shaquille O’Neal has had mixed NBA gambling results as Shaq has averaged just over 25 minutes per game with an 11.4 points per game average. LeBron James leads Cleveland with 25.2 points per game and is even leading Shaq in team rebounds with 7.8 per game.
The New York Knicks had a NBA gambling mark of 1-4 both straight up and with the NBA odds. The Knicks have gone over the NBA gambling total in 4 out of their first 5 games.
As was the case in the 2008-09 NBA gambling season the Knicks have an explosive offense that ranked 2nd in the league for scoring but their porous defense ranked 29th in points allowed. Al Harrington leads the team with 24.0 points per game.
The San Antonio Spurs began the NBA gambling season with a record of 2-1 both straight up and against the spread. The Spurs ranked 11th in scoring and 10th on defense. Tony Parker was their leading scorer with 16.3 points per game while veteran Tim Duncan led in rebounds, as usual, with 12.7 per game.
The Portland Trailblazers opened with a NBA gambling record of 2-3 both straight up and against the spread. They went under the total in 4 out of their first 5 games.
Although Brandon Roy was averaging 25.4 points per game he was about the only offense that Portland had as they ranked 24th in the NBA scoring charts while ranking 9th in points allowed.
The Blazers have lost their last 2 games at home, which is a rarity. “We can’t be losing games like that here,” said Roy after their 91-97 loss at the Rose Garden to Atlanta. “They made plays down the stretch and we didn’t. That didn’t happen to us here very often last year.”